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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Frog - aka Kikker on: January 04, 2008 06:52:53 AM
The daughter of a friend of mine adores Kikker (=frog in Dutch, that's his name!), the loveable character designed by the late Max Velthuijs. So, for her second birthday I tried to crochet one. She was not impressed -how to impress a child nowadays eh!- but I secretly was. With myself.Smiley

The original Kikker looks like this: http://www.theagenda.nl/theagenda/library/show_image.php?ID=55846Isn't he cute!
Then I found the free pattern for this frog , and altered it slightly to make it look more like Kikker. And here he is.

I like the sort of squinting smile that he has. And the swimming trunks are what made the whole character adorable in the first place!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Feathers McGraw: first finished project! on: January 04, 2008 04:38:11 AM
After seeing Mitsumames lovely crocheted Feathers from Wallace & Gromit, I wanted to make one too! The best pattern I could find was for knitting though, and I only started to knit a couple of months ago. What a challenge. Grin I decided to go for it. Check him out!

The pattern is from Patons, I got it on Ebay. It was not too difficult for a beginner. I changed the pattern slightly to make the glove-chicken-disguise removable (I mean DUH, that's the whole idea isn't it!)

I'm a bit annoyed with the stuffing showing through, but for a first time it's not too bad. I used 3.25mm needles (US size 3). The yarn I used is Rowan 4 ply soft for the black and white, and Regia 4 ply for the beak, feet and glove (only because my shop didn't have those Rowan colours in stock). Obviously I have a lot of red, orange and pink left. I might start doing socks soon! Roll Eyes

Close-up. The eyes are 6mm safety eyes for teddy bears. The position is a bit uneven, I know.

It was a present for my brother, but someone else showed interest as well...I was just in time to save it. Yarn and puppies...sigh.

Heeeeeeeere's Feathers! Shocked

thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / An overlooked dropped stitch in a finished project, now what? on: August 15, 2007 09:32:25 AM
Hello everyone! I started knitting a couple of weeks ago and I have just completed my first knitting project ever. I'm really proud! Well, I was proud, until I noticed this stitch. Don't ask me how it happened; I'm baffled.
I knit Wendy's warm braided cable wristwarmers (well, just the left one so far) and when I tried it on I discovered a loose stitch! Now since I'm only a beginner I have no idea if it is possible to correct this without unraveling the whole project. Besides, I've already bound off!  Huh
This is the little bugger:

I put a needle in the loose stitch to prevent it from dropping any further. Oh and the hole next to it is for my thumb, before anyone starts yelling that I made another mistake. Wink

Is there anyone who can help me?

By the way, the pattern was great and I recommend it to everybody! You can find it here:
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Sewing machine thread cutter, SO useful! But... on: July 12, 2006 04:22:23 AM
Well there I was, making a bag. Tons of things had already gone wrong, but still I was happy with it. Just sew the last stitch into place...cut the threads when finished...don't ask me how it happened, I was a bit too agressive in my movements...but the fabric of the strap got caught in the sewing machine thread cutter! AAARGH! Now what?!

check the red circle
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zelda's Link cross stitch on: December 07, 2005 02:06:13 AM
I absolutely adore all the Nintendo stitching that is going on here on Craftster, so I made one as well. Isn't he cute? Smiley

The original plan was to turn him into a pincushion (the voodoo aspect of torturing him with pins appealed to me Wink), but now that it's finished I'm having second thoughts. Maybe...put him on the front of a sewn notebook? Turn him into a keychain? Or a bookmark? I can't decide.

Do you guys have any suggestions? He is about 3 by 4 centimeters (1.1'' by 1.5'').
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Assignment: colourful necklace for an 11-year-old on: December 04, 2005 07:23:39 AM
My colleague asked me to make a colorful present for her 11-year-old daughter for Sinterklaas -the Dutch equivalent of Father Christmas who gives presents to children who have been good during the year (if they have been misbehaving he puts them in a hessian sack and takes them back to Spain where he lives Grin).

Anyway, I have been doing a lot of bead jewelry but never for children so I was a bit confused at first. What do little girls like nowadays and how long should it be? I don't have any children of my own. But I am quite satisfied with the result. What do you guys think, especially the craftsters who have children?

BTW, I'm new on the board (have been lurking for months) so be gentle...Smiley

This is it! Colourful or what?


And this is me modelling it. Don't mind my neck, it's horrible.


Thanks for watching!
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